The impact of Bitcoin’s growing popularity is being felt across the world. While these changes aren’t that evident in liberal economies, it is visible in plain sight in China. Individual investors in China are increasingly adopting Bitcoin as an instrument for investment over conventional stocks.
Even though their ticket sizes are small, individual investors represent a significant chunk of investments in the market. In the current economic scenario, individual investors shifting from conventional assets to digital currency doesn’t come as a surprise. The risks associated with Bitcoin and other digital currencies are adequately compensated by their potential returns, which is higher than any other asset at the moment.
The Chinese investors have never been risk-averse, the trend shows them repeatedly investing in speculative assets over time. A combination of economic slowdown and capital controls have only increased the interest in digital currencies. Recent data shows a huge decline in investments this year compared to statistics from 2014 and 2015. At the same time, Bitcoin trading on Chinese exchanges has gone up drastically. In August, the BTC/CNY trading pair dominated the market, commanding over 90% of total trades.